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Roger L'Estrange
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Born in Hunstanton, Norfolk
Born on 17th of November 1616
Died on 11th of December 1704

L’Estrange’s life was not a dull one. He fought for the Royalists in the Civil War, was sentenced to death for a plot to turn Lynn over to the King’s side, escaped to the Continent, was pardoned by Cromwell and allowed to return to England. He was a lifelong pamphleteer who engaged in any controversy going, but who also after the Restoration controlled printing in England, effectively acting as a censor, at the same time writing pro-monarchy material. James II knighted him, William III stripped him of his offices, so he turned to translating various great literary works into English. He is also remembered for founding two early newspapers.

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